MOLE = MODULO LEGGERO is a light-wooden-construction prototype entirely made by 5X8 (cm) timber frame structure, OSB and gypsum-fiber panels, and thermal/acoustic wood fiber board insulation. DUOPUU designed the prototype to test different ways to build small modern and ecological prefabricated wooden houses with good performance in terms of mechanical behavior and building-physics performance, durability and design. MOLE is going to be assembled by the students of "RED-New technologies in green building" course organized by ITS School of Padua with Bertiato Gianluca Construction Company, under the technical supervision of DUOPUU.
At the Opendot fablab, designer Enrico Bassi and DUOPUU held a workshop on the design and construction of a wooden bicycle for kids. Starting from the customization of the basic cut-files Birch plywood panels have been cut, drilled and carved by a CNC Router to obtain all the components of a real bicycle ready to be assembled using simple nuts-bolts and screws. Thnx to Matilde, Martino, Filippo, Rhino, Daniele, Carlo, Fabrizio and everyone at Opendot/Dotdotdot.
DUOPUU and Dotdotdot designed a wooden wall for the new Opendot fablab in Milan. 9 prefabricated X-Lam panels assembled together by 400 screws and 20 metal angle bracket to form a big wooden wall 7 m large and 5 m high. Construction time: 10 hours! Thanx Ben, Cemma and everyone at Dotdotdot/Opendot.
KOTA is a small (6 square meters floor area) transportable modern tent consists of 8 prefabricated modules – 4 for the walls, 4 for the roof and 2 for the basement – made of light timber-frame structure and OSB panels designed by DUOPUU and built by the students of the "Carpentry and joinery course", "CFP-Veronesi" Rovereto professional training school. KOTA's prefabricated modules can be easily moved – their maximum weight is less than 130 Kg – transported by a small truck to the final destination and quickly assembled to the others by screws to form an ecological tent made of 95% PEFC certificated red spruce wood. An innovative waterproofing and breathable membranes system by Rothoblaas was used for the roof and walls external layer to guarantee a high level of both durability and comfort. DUOPUU would like to thank the following: Sabrina, Raffaele, Vitaly, Claudio, Abdoulaye, Marco, Nikolai, Fabrizio and Ivan (Veronesi); Gianluca Salvatori (Progetto Manifattura); Alice, Albino and Francesco (Rothoblaas).
Wood, as a building material, is used in ways which were almost impossible to foresee just a few years ago.
The growing concern for sustainability along with the need of preserving existing resources and making the best possible use of them, have led indeed to a radical change also in the choice of building materials. Wood has become the primary element of a lifestyle oriented towards wellbeing, efficiency and harmony with nature.
The MUSE gallery Innovare in Trentino, dedicated to local research and innovation, shows the peculiar features of this material, from the viewpoint of its technological, energetic and architectural application. New methods of harvesting timber, multi-storey wood buildings, furniture, zero impact wood processing, construction and design: they all contribute to an all-round view on wood –
a constantly changing living matter, old as the world is and new as the dawn. ("WOOD. Legno, edilizia e tecnologia", Muse-Museo delle Scienze, Trento, Italy, 2014).
Concept and executive design by DUOPUU with Cnr-Ivalsa and Muse; graphic design by pupilla grafik. DUOPUU would like to thank the following: Giovanna F, Giovanna B, Martino, Marco, Max, Alberto, Labess and Kuba (Ivalsa); Alessandra and David (Muse).
Without the passion and the work of professor Ario Ceccotti the tables of WOOD would have been empty.
DUOPUU is teaching in a "Carpentry and joinery course", financed by European Social Fund, at the "CFP-Veronesi" Rovereto professional training school. Partecipants – fifteen unemployed workers from all over the world – must learn to design and build timber roofs, traditional floors and joints. Thanks to Ljuan, Michel, Mohamed, Muhammad, Mustapha, Nouredine, Stefano, Zulfi, Elkin, Ionel, Khaled… you are great carpenters!